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June 26, 2014

A family musical and true war hero at Crossroads Rep

TERRE HAUTE — Crossroads Repertory Theatre at Indiana State University continues its summer season the next two weekends with shows written by people connected to the Department of Theater. “The Untold Story of Little John,” opening Friday, June 27, was written by Rachelle Martin Wilburn with music by Travis Dillon. Both are Indiana State alumni and former students of Arthur Feinsod. Feinsod is a professor in the ISU theater department, artistic director of Crossroads Repertory Theatre and is also the playwright of “Coming to See Aunt Sophie,” the season’s third offering, opening July 2.

“The Untold Story of Little John” is a family musical that turns the spotlight on Robin Hood’s trusty sidekick. In this original story, Robin Hood (Brandon Wentz) and Maid Marian are the monarchs in a new society, but the villagers are plagued by a mysterious Man in Black who is sneakily robbing them blind. Little John (Rob Glidden) has an opportunity to save the day, but Sheriff Melvin (Jomar Ferreras) and his clownish sidekick (Carolyn Conover) try to beat him to the punch. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Hilda (Veronica Garza) is torn between the sparring Little John and Sheriff Melvin.

Feinsod is directing the musical, with music direction by Dillon and Kurt Perry.

Additional performances of “Little John” are Saturday and Sunday and July 16, 20 and 23.

A free Sunday Talk will take place following the 4 p.m. July 20 matinee. Starting at about 5:45, Wilburn and Dillon will discuss their creation of this new family musical. The talk is open even to those who did not attend that particular Sunday matinee.              

“Coming to See Aunt Sophie” makes its American premiere at Crossroads Rep, while it had its world premiere this May at the Here and Now Festival in Germany and also toured Poland. The play chronicles the true story of Jan Karski, a Catholic Polish courier during World War II who risked his life many times to alert the world about the Holocaust. The play’s title was Karski’s secret code as he made his way incognito through Nazi-occupied Europe, then to the United States where he met with FDR. In the play, Old Karski (Brad Venable) confronts his younger self (Andrew Behling) as he relives a past that still haunts him.

Indiana University professor Dale McFadden is directing the play for the summer season and also directed its European tour, which included Venable and Indiana State professor of acting, Julie Dixon. The Crossroads Rep performance of “Coming to See Aunt Sophie” includes a larger cast than the one used in the European tour.

Additional performances are July 3, 6, 19 and 22.

Following the July 6 matinee, the public is invited to a free Sunday Talk. At about 6:30 p.m., E. Thomas Wood, co-author of the book “Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust,” will discuss the fascinating life of this historic figure. All are welcome, whether or not they viewed the Sunday performance.

All performances take place at the New Theater on the Indiana State Campus, 540 N. Seventh St. Individual tickets for adults are $15 for both plays. Reduced-price tickets are available for children for “The Untold Story of Little John.” Indiana State faculty can receive discounted tickets, and ISU students receive one free ticket per show with student ID. Season tickets are available for $52.

For additional information, call 812-237-3333 or visit crossroadsrep.com.

If you go

“The Untold Story of Little John”

• Times: Evening shows: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee: 4 p.m.

• Dates: June 27, 28, 29; July 16, 20, 23

“Coming to See Aunt Sophie”

• Times: Evening shows: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee: 4 p.m.

• Dates: July 2, 3, 6, 19, 22

Tickets

• $15, general admission; $12, Indiana State faculty/staff; $10, children 12 and under (“Little John” only); free for Indiana State students

For more information

• Call: 812-237-3333

• Online: crossroadsrep.com

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